Dogs and their people won’t want to miss Dog Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.
It will be bigger and better than ever this year, with great activities and events. Booths include the Barkery Bakery Bistro, Susie Q’s Barbecue, PAWS sweatshirts and Payson Humane Society micro-chipping and adoptable pets. KRIM Radio will be broadcasting live during the event.
Contests include Top Tail Wagger, Best Canine Vocalist, Clever Pet Tricks and a new event, Dress Like Your Working Partner where dog and owner will dress according to the work the dog was bred to do.
Raffle tickets will be available for a quilt and gift basket. Guests will have an opportunity to buy a section of fencing for the new shelter dog run. See the new shelter design and donate what you can to the building fund. Bring food donations for the dogs and cats, puppies and kittens at the humane society.
Payson’s Grand Ole Opry to perform tonight
Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF) will hold a fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Casino. Money raised will go to make payments on the Deming Home, recently purchased by AHRF.
A prime rib dinner will be served and the entertainment for the evening will be Payson’s Grand Ole Opry 2008 — people who have played music for dances in the Payson area during the past 30 years. Taylor Hale’s band will be the house band and scheduled to perform are Taylor Hale, Don Gibson, Jinx Pyle and Angela Godac, Eddie Armer, Jim West, Clay Sopeland and others.
This will be a truly historic event. AHRF plans to pay off the Deming home, then purchase more historic homes along Main Street. Tables are $1,000 or $125 for individuals. AHRF is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. Call Jayne Peace at 474-0380 for tickets or more information.
Fund-raiser Saturday for Returning Vets Program
Celebrate Octoberfest at the Merritt Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.
Music, a bocce ball tournament, a walking meditation in the labyrinth, food, fun and fellowship will be featured.
A $45 donation is requested for the Returning Vets Program. Veterans need our support when they come home from combat. The Returning Vets Program at the Merritt Center, a three-weekend program, is offered free of charge to returning veterans to help them make the transition from a war environment to home life.
Parking is available at the Rim Country Mall with a shuttle every 15 minutes to the Merritt Center in Star Valley. For more information, visit www.merrittcenter.org or call (928) 474-4268.
Jazz pianist and vocalist performs Oct. 12
Jazz pianist and vocalist Mark DeCozio will be the featured artist at the Oct. 12 Payson Friends of Jazz program. The concert is at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.
His song list includes tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, James Taylor, as well as popular Brazilian, Spanish, pop and jazz standards.
Joining DeCozio on upright bass will be Mike King, a member of an extremely select group of jazz musicians who work regularly with top instrumentalists and singers in Phoenix. Local jazz drummer Gerry Reynolds will complete the trio.
Proceeds after expenses will be given to the Piano Campaign Fund at the church. To insure that there are enough seats, please let Gerry Reynolds know that you plan to attend by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Vegetarian Luncheon Saturday
There will be a Community Vegetarian Luncheon open to the public starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at The Meeting Place, on the corner of Phoenix Street and Highway 87.
The purpose of the luncheon is to let people know that healthy food can be delicious. There is no cost and all are invited, but everyone planning to attend needs to RSVP to Shirley at (928) 595-1528 as soon as possible.
Special worship service
A special worship service, The Awakening, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Payson High School Auditorium. It features ordained Psalmist, producer and songwriter, Grace Williams. Williams has recorded a number of CDs; “Fire Fall” is her latest.
The program is presented by a new worship group led by Todd Poer, a pastor and evangelist, which meets at the Payson Elementary School. The group is part of God is Good Ministries of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Poer will present the evening’s message.
AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers
Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Form(s) 1040 for tax year 2008.
Requirements are: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer, commitment of four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15, and attendance at a training class for one week starting Jan. 19 on both Federal and State tax returns.
Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer.
Blood drive Tuesday
A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Payson Regional Medical Center (main entrance parking lot), 807 S Ponderosa.
There is currently a special need for O negative and B negative types, but all will be accepted. Some of the blood collected will go to Hurricane Ike victims in Texas.
Everyone who donates will have their name entered into daily drawings to win a pair of round trip tickets aboard the Grand Canyon Railway.
For more information, call (928) 472-1275.
Shop Hop fun in Pine
Myra’s Gallery in Pine will host a variety of activities for the Oct. 11 Shop Hop. Scheduled are: a Charlie Brown Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will include Charlie Brown mural painting; Walking Through Paint; and a book signing by Beverly A. Bear from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for her book, Strawberry Finds a Home.
“Trouble in Paradise” with Chuck and Barbara Casey will play live music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bill Mattey will demonstrate photo montages from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. He will show how he develops mesmerizing photo montages by combining landscape photography and cosmic astral imagery.
Glenda and Bob Roark will be demonstrating the art of silver-smithing from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Silent auction items will include artwork by Bill Ahrendt and Myra Kraemer. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pine-Strawberry School for Special Needs Children and the Pine-Strawberry Business Community.
Myra’s Gallery is at 3824 Highway 87, Pine.